The former US Senator from Nevada was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, and New York Times writer Mark Leibovich wrote last month after an interview with Reid that he "does not have long to live".
But do not make mistakes: this Harry Reid is still the same former boxer and political street fighter that I've treated for decades in the US Senate.
Reid, a brutal critic of President George W. Bush and his government, is again saying "every day" wishes in Bush's time of Trump's wishes. Bush would be "Babe Ruth" compared to the incumbent president.
In an obvious response to the interview on Monday morning, Trump handed back the spars and tweeted that Reid was "thrown out" (he retired and worked to "bring good momentum to his failed career.") [1
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At 79 years old and following a cancer diagnosis, Reid finds himself a thriving place in an unusual situation in an office he runs at the Bellagio Hotel in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, where we spent more than an hour talking about his health, his party, his legacy, and, of course, President Donald Trump 19659002] Reid says he is now Fortunately, the doctors had caught his pancreatic cancer at an early stage and it's almost always a death sentence because of it is usually too late to handle it when it is finally discovered. However, the chemotherapy was particularly brutal and injured several vertebrae to the point where he needed two spinal operations and did not let him go without help.
Reid Trump has been criticizing since the presidential elections of 2016. He now called the president everything, from a "cheater" to a "human leech" to a "big, fat guy". He is particularly proud to use the word "amoral" in his interview with the New York Times Magazine because he says it caused the dictionary definition of the word to be googled.
I asked him if he had anything good to say about the President. He thought about the question, sought an answer, and after a pregnant pause, finally replied, "I just have trouble accepting him as a person, so I honestly do not see what he's doing right."
First in 1982, Reid was elected to parliament and in 1986 to the Senate. In 2005, Reid became the Democratic chairman of the Senate and served as one of the longest incumbents in the chamber's history.
A few weeks before the congress, he resigned from the Trump Senate inauguration. When I asked him if he was sad to miss the chance to compete with this president, he failed.
"My time as a senator has passed, I look at the news and read the papers very carefully, I miss the battle, but I understand that, that's not for me now," he said. Reid: Trump makes George W. Bush look like President Babe Ruth
During President George W Bush's reign, Reid was the main Republican President in the Senate. He famously called the 43rd President a "loser" and a "liar" and even the worst president the country ever had.
After I had survived all this in real time, I almost fell off the chair when Reid told me that. Now he wishes again "every day" Bush. "
" "He and I had our differences, but no one ever questioned his patriotism – our battles were strictly political battles," Reid said.
"There is no question in my note that George Bush would be Babe Ruth in this league in which he is represented in the league with Donald Trump, Donald Trump would not form the team," Reid added.
Reid rejected the demand for Trump's impeachment as a "waste of time" from. because Republicans who have a majority in the Senate are "so afraid of Trump they will not get involved."
But he does not believe the Democrats have to worry about the setback if they decide to move forward
"I do not think there would be a backlash," he said. "Because the vast majority of people know that something is wrong with Trump."
This is also the basis for advice from Democrats applying to the White House in 2020.
"The candidates do not have to talk about how bad President Trump is." You just have to talk about what's good for the country. Everyone knows the supporters also know what his problems are, "said Reid.
His funny humor is still intact, Reid proudly shows a framed letter to his office wall, written by Trump in 2010. He congratulated the senator from Nevada, who won his tough reelection this year.
A few months ago, Trump Reid brought him back to the rattling tweeting about a speech Reid made in 1993 criticizing Citizenship, which Reid has long considered a mistake (one of whom he says his Jewish wife and daughter have beaten by immigrants.)
Nevertheless, Trump did not molest him with his political weapon.
"I think it's all pretty "He found it, let him use it," Reid said with a shrug.
Reid's criticism is not limited to Trump, for former FBI director James Comey he has harsh words he has not done enough to combat Russia's interference during the 2016 elections. He said Comey had not responded to two letters written to him by Reid, the then leader of the Democratic Senate, to get more information on intelligence reports in which Russia interfered in the election.
"I observe [Comey] in the halls of, I believe it was so self-righteous in Russell's office building that I almost wanted to say," Where were you when we needed you? "Reid said.
Improving Complex Relationships
The last time I was in Las Vegas with Reid was four years ago, after announcing that he would retire after three decades in Congress, inquired in this interview After one of his most controversial political moves, I went to the Senate Hall during the 2012 presidential election and asked if the then Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had paid taxes.
Reid gave me an upside-down answer – "Hey he did not win, did he? "- referring to the 2012 results justified his controversial tactics against Romney.
Needless to say that there was very bad blood between Reid and Romney, Reid now showed that he had made peace with Romney and through a mutual friend, former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt had contacted.
"I do not want the hostility between me and the senator," recalls Reid, who said to Leavitt about Romney: now a Utah senator. "Set up a meeting for
That's exactly what happened to Reid, who said they had "a nice visit" and "shook hands and put things behind us."
"I try to do that with everyone. My story is that somehow I follow what Lincoln said, "The best way to wipe out an enemy is to become your friend."
Reid also had a complicated relationship with the late John McCain. The two came in the same year, 1982, in the house and then served for about 30 years together in the Senate.
Horns were often closed along the way, but Reid said they had spoken to each other several times while McCain was spending his final months in Arizona, conversations that now make him smile.
"I remember our joke, and towards the end of his life I said:" John, do you remember the time when I had given a speech on the floor? "And I could I saw that he was crazy, I could still see him approaching me, and he said, 'I'll rip you the shit out,' "Reid remembered with a giggle.
" We have talked to each other a few times before he died, and frankly shed one or two tears. "Reid added."
Never be a quitter – never look back was Reid's motto.
"I can remember college, you're doing a test and people gather to talk about the test. I was never part of this congregation because I could not do anything damn what I wrote, so I did not. I did the test. That's all I could do. Do not look back, "said Reid.
But for a man who spent more than 30 years in Washington, there is much to see and immediately expressed his greatest regret: he voted for the Iraq war "It's the worst foreign policy decision in our country's history," Reid said. "I made other mistakes, but it was an idiot," he added, noting that he quickly recognized his mistake and fought hard It (the resistance to the 2006 Iraq war helped the shepherd in a Democratic majority and made him a majority leader in the Senate).
He openly talks about his proudest accomplishments, high on his list being the Quarterback for Affordable Health Care Adopting legislation that will stabilize financial markets after the economic collapse of 2008 and preserve public land in Nevada.
A little-known fact about Reid is that he si in his senate office for women, especially for women with children. 19659051] Harry Reid's love story "src-mini =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150331120253-harry-reid-landra-gould-love-story-00001821-small-169.jpg "src-xsmall = "// cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150331120253-harry-reid-landra-gould-love-story-00001821-medium-plus-169.jpg" src-small = "http: // cdn 00001821-large-169.jpg "src-medium =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/ assets / 150331120253-harry-reid-landra-gould-love-story-00001821-exlarge-169.jpg "src-large =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150331120253-harry-reid-landra -gould-love-story-00001821-super-169.jpg "src-full16x9 =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150331120253-harry-reid-landra-gould-love-story-00001821- full-169.jpg "src-mini1x1 =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150331120253-harry-reid-landra-gould-love-story-00001821-small-11.jpg "data-demand -load = "not-loaded" data-eq-pts = "mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781" />
"Before that happened, I started bringing women to my office, and I told my chief of staff," You tell them when they come Having a child, if you want to have a child, that's good for me. And if the baby is sick, leave it at home. If this babysitter is not available, you can stay at home. & # 39; Everyone thinks that was very generous of me; It was very selfish because I knew it would be useful to me because that was what it did. These women became very [loyal] because I was the only senator who originally did that. "
Reid welcomes the large increase in women elected to the Senate and said he saw firsthand how differently the body has changed
" I think women have certain sensitivities, the men not have. Things that have to do with violence. I think the best advocates we have for gun control are women. The best advocates we have for not engaging in foreign wars, foreign involvement, are women. I think women are just so improved in the Senate, and I have not read that in a book. I've seen it. I was there, "said Reid.
One of the dynamics that keeps Reid running is his love affair with his wife, Landra, who will be married for 60 years next September, falling in love with her since the age of 15 was 14 years old.
When Reid talks about her, his face lights up.
"She had a pair of Levis yesterday and I said, 'Man, she just looks so good,' recalls Reid .
My surprise at this story is "Aberesistwahr!"
For the man who grew up in searchlight in Nevada in a hut without running water and whose mother helped the family assist laundry for prostitutes from the local brothels, Reid had to
"I think one of the things that I hope people look back on and say," If Harry Reid can do it, I can. "I believe I am a g It's an indication that you do not have to come from parents who have a lot of money and education or a place in society that gives them some status because I've misunderstood everything.